July Newsletter!

Happy Canada Day to everyone, two and four-legged! We hope you get to spend this beautiful weekend with your dogs enjoying all of your favorite things! We certainly will be! Because of the holiday and weekend to follow, please note we will be closed over the next few days. All emails and contacts will be returned as quickly as possible next week. 

As of July 1st I would also like to make note that our COVID19 guidelines have been updated. To read the new policy please click here.

We are also happy to have a wonderful article from Mary Thompson, CTC, PMCT1, CPDT-KA of Happy Hounds University on getting 2 puppies (even 2 young dogs at once). 

Stay Safe, Your friend,

Yvonne Ferguson, CPDT-KSA, CTDI

Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge & Skills Assessed, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Behaviour Consultant - Quinte Canine
Upcoming Classes!

Since you are one of our lucky newsletter subscribers I am offering you the first opportunity to register for upcoming classes with us! Because classes are limited they can and do fill very quickly. To be fair to all, we cannot hold spaces without completing the registration process. All classes are designed for dog and people friendly dogs who are up-to-date on core and rabies vaccinations. 

If you have a dog with special needs please contact us to discuss how we can work with you.

Our physical location is 987 Old Highway 2, Belleville, ON.
(Half way between Belleville and Trenton along Highway 2, directly across from Connon Nurseries)

Please visit to learn more about our policies.

Puppy Class
For puppies 8-16 weeks of age. Don't delay! Important information: click here  Class is $150+HST ($169.50 including taxes)

Wednesday July 12 at 4:00pm (Jul 12, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10 & 17)
Wednesday July 20 at 1:00pm (Jul 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17 & 24) - just 1 space left in this class
Wednesday July 27 at 5:30pm (Jul 27, Aug 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31)
Wednesday August 3 at 4:00pm (Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & Sep 7)
Wednesday August 10 at 2:30pm (Aug 10, 17, 24, 31, Sep 7 & 14)
Wednesday August 24 at 7:00pm (Aug 24, 31, Sep 7, 14, 21 & 28)
Wednesday September 7 at 1:00pm (Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5 & 12)
Wednesday September 14 at 5:30pm (Sep 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12 & 19)
Wednesday September 21 at 4:0pm (Sep 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19 & 26)

Teen Basics
This class is for Quinte Canine Puppy class graduates who are under 6 months of age. Class is $150+HST ($169.50 including taxes)

Tuesday July 12 at 2:30pm (Jul 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9 & 16)
Tuesday July 12 at 7:00pm (Jul 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9 & 16)
Monday August 8 at 1:00pm (Aug 8, 15, 22, Sep 12, 19 & 26 - no class Aug 29 & Sep 5)
Monday August 8 at 7:00pm (Aug 8, 15, 22, Sep 12, 19 & 26 - no class Aug 29 & Sep 5)
Tuesday August 30 at 2:00pm (Aug 30, Sep 6, 27, Oct 4 & 11 - no class Sep 13)
Tuesday August 30 at 7:00pm (Aug 30, Sep 6, 27, Oct 4 & 11 - no class Sep 13)

Basic Obedience
For dogs over 16 weeks of age to learn and refresh skills. This class is designed for dog and people friendly dogs only. Dogs who bark, lunge, growl, etc are not appropriate for this class. Great for dogs who have not attended a class before or for anyone looking for a refresher! $175+HST. 

Monday August 8 at 2:30pm (Aug 8, 15, 22, Sep 12, 19 & 26 - no class Aug 29 & Sep 5) - just1 space left in this class
Tuesday August 30 at 8:30pm (Aug 30, Sep 6, 27, Oct 4 & 11 - no class Sep 13)
Friday September 16 at 12:00pm (Sep 16, 23, 30, Oct 14 & 21)

Intermediate Obedience
For dogs over 6 months who have attended wither our Basic Obedience Class or Teen Basics class.  If you have mastered the basics in distracted environments its time to bring the skills to the next level. $175+HST ($197.75 including taxes).

Friday September 16 at 1:30pm (Sep 16, 23, 30, Oct 14 & 21)
Thursday September 29 at 12:30pm (Sep 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 & Nov 3)

Scent Detection
For any dog with a nose!  The dogs in this class learn to search and find target scents in hidden locations. Students build confidence to work up to competing with their dog in the Sport Detection Dogs Association trials or Canadian Kennel Club trials. This is a great class for dogs of all ages, breeds, special needs and personalities and helps to provide great mental stimulation!  Class is $150+HST ($169.50 including taxes)

Basic Scent Detection Level 2 (prerequisite is level 1) - Tuesday July 12 at 5:30pm (Jul 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9 & 16)
Basic Scent Detection Level 2 (prerequisite is level 1) - Thursday September 29 at 11:00am (Sep 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 & Nov 3)
Basic Scent Detection Level 3 (prerequisite is level 2) - Tuesday August 30 at 4:00pm (Aug 30, Sep 6, 27, Oct 4 & 11 - no class Sep 13)
Basic Scent Detection Level 3 (prerequisite is level 2) - Tuesday August 30 at 5:00pm (Aug 30, Sep 6, 27, Oct 4 & 11 - no class Sep 13)

Novice Trick Dog
Novice Trick Dog classes are designed for ANY dog! Absolutely any age, breed(s) and abilities can learn some fun new tricks!  Learn over 25 tricks in this class.  All dogs that complete the Novice Trick Dog Class are eligible to receive their Novice Trick Dog Title (NTD). Class is $165+HST

Wednesday  July 20 at 7:00pm (Jul 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17 & 24) - class limited to 4 with Laurie
Tuesday August 30 at 5:30pm (Aug 30, Sep 6, 20, 27, Oct 4 & 11 - no class Sep 13)

To register for any of the above classes visit:
Once payment is made and the registration form has been received, we will process your class enrolment and send you an email with all of the details and class handouts.  Please note that those who submit both payment and form (payment only needed for existing students) will receive first opportunity to register.

New - Although the registration process above is always to fastest to secure a space in class, walk-in enrollments are accepted Mondays from 4-5, Wednesdays 4-5. Please remember to bring your dogs vaccinations.

Classes are limited in size to provide dogs and handlers with maximum learning opportunities.  Because they are limited they often fill quickly.  In the very rare case a class does not fill with the minimum number of participants (50%) we may choose to postpone, reschedule or cancel classes.  Should this occur, we will provide the option to participants to apply their class registration fee toward the postponed or rescheduled class, an alternative class or provide a full refund. 
Play Dates!
We have play dates available for puppies and young dogs who are very well socialized and enjoy the company and play of others. Play mates are matched up based on a number of factors to help build your dog/puppies confidence and skills. Play dates are 30 minutes each and are just $15 taxes included, due at the play date. All dogs and puppies joining must be up to date on vaccinations in order to join the fun. If you are new to play dates (have not yet attended one) and would like to join, please email us at, so we can match your dog accordingly.

Please note that if you sign up for a play date and are not able to attend you must provide at least 48 hours notice so we can fill your space, otherwise our standard play date fee still applies. Please be sure to mark your calendar as no reminder emails are sent. Handlers remain with their dog/puppy throughout the play session to learn more about dog communication. Please email us all of the dates/times that you are interested in and available for and we will be sure to match you up as best possible with other dogs/puppies that suit your dogs temperament. In some cases, larger dogs may join small groups and adult dogs may join puppy/small groups - this is based on the temperament of the dog(s).
Play Dates
Tuesday July 5 - 5:30pm - Tiny & Shy
Tuesday July 5 - 6:15pm - Under 16 weeks
Tuesday July 5 - 7:00pm - 16-24 weeks
Wednesday July 20 - 5:15pm - 16-24 weeks
Tuesday July 26 - 12:45pm - 16-24 weeks
Tuesday July 26 - 1:30pm - Under 16 weeks & small/shy
Wednesday July 27  - 4:00pm - 16-24 weeks
Wednesday July 27 - 4:45pm - Tiny & Shy
Wednesday August 3 - 2:15pm - Under 16 weeks & small/shy
Facility Rentals!

Did you know you can rent our indoor space?
That's right! A nice warm spot to practice skills building, canine conditioning, Rally-o, agility foundations and more! YES, even doggy birthday parties!
We have a new page on our website all about the facility. Visit for more information or to learn about booking!
Myth Busting: Two puppies are better than one!

Mary Thompson, CTC, PMCT1, CPDT-KA of Happy Hound University LLC
I sometimes get asked, when someone is bringing home a puppy, if it might be a good idea to bring home two at the same time, and my answer is always the same: a resounding NO. Please, please only commit to raising one puppy at once.
I think the person usually asking this question thinks that two puppies will keep each other company and they’ll be built in playmates, and honestly that is often true, but it’s literally the ONLY perk of having two puppies at once.
Puppies are A LOT of work. I think most people are surprised by just how much work puppies are, and how much time they consume. Even people who’ve had puppies before are often shocked at all of the things they had forgotten their puppies had done in the past (“my last puppy never did this!” “Yes, friend, I promise you they did. But that was 16 years ago and our memories fail us all the time!”)
Two puppies means twice the time spent potty training (your puppies will not always be on the same schedule, so make sure you know when the last time puppy a was out versus puppy b!). Two puppies means twice the time spent training; training two puppies at once is a difficult task for even experienced trainers, so don’t think you can just train them together!
Two puppies is also a much larger financial strain; are you SURE you want to pay two times the food, two times the vet, and two times the training fees? This is especially pertinent if your puppy ever contracts something contagious like worms or giardia; if one puppy gets something like this, it’s almost a guarantee that both puppies will have it if they’re sharing a living space.
But for me, the biggest problem with two puppies is the impact that having two puppies tends to have on that puppy’s socialization and behavioral welfare. Puppies usually get very attached to each other very quickly, and trying to work with one puppy at a time becomes complicated because the puppies may not want to be separated, so that’s a whole new skill you will need to teach them. And if you don’t teach them how to be apart, this usually presents as a pretty significant issue as they get older, with the puppies displaying extreme distress when separated from one another.
Additionally, in my experience if there are two puppies at home the puppies usually get less time out of the house, meaning less socialization, meaning those puppies are more likely to be worried or fearful of novelty as adult dogs, which can be disastrous. I often tell puppy clients that they need to get the puppy out every day to experience something new for at least 20-30 minutes; properly socializing your young puppy to the world simply cannot wait, and must be started as soon as you bring your puppy home.
With two puppies this should be done separately; it’s tempting to just take both puppies, but the truth is that if you have both puppies with you, you may not be getting a feel for how those puppies actually feel about stuff as individuals. Together your puppies may be confident, but they may get more easily overwhelmed when not together, and the only way to know is to get those puppies out separately. Which means an hour a day out of the house with your puppies to work on their socialization. So with that hour, on top of the training time, the exercise time, the time spent managing and supervising your puppy so they don’t hurt themselves by chewing through wires or swallowing a sock, the time spent cleaning up pee and poop, and all of the other time devoted to the puppies…. That’s A LOT of time! That’s a huge commitment!
Listen, I love puppies. Like, a lot. Like, a LOT a lot. I see upwards of 20 puppies a week in my group classes and private lessons and working with puppies is one of my favorite things in the world to do. And I personally would not ever want to take on two puppies at once, even with everything I know. When done well, it’s just way more work than your average person can handle.
The Quinte Canine Super Sniffer need your help!

We are starting to safely plan for our detection dogs to begin their practices again and we are in need of new and unique locations for the dogs to work! 

This could be an old unused building, business or cottage!
Places we have practices before: pet stores, vet offices, industrial buildings, outbuildings, homes, mechanical shops, and so much more! 

If you could provide some of our amazing super sniffers a location to practice for a day you would get a front row seat to the coolest dog sport around!  Please reach out at so we can chat.

(Social distancing, masks and other COVID protocols are followed). 
Super Sniffer Brags!

Bailey & Guy - SD-E (Scent Detection Excellent Title) & SD-GD (Scent Detection Distance title) - Advanced Exterior, Excellent Container, Excellent Exterior, Aerial, Distance - Utopia Trial
Gunner & Jill SD-E (Scent Detection Excellent title) - Excellent Container, Excellent Exterior x2, Distance, Speed, Judges Choice Award - Utopia Trial
Rally-O Success!

Congratulations to Rally O students (as well as guests) on their successes and fun participating in Quinte Canine's very first CARO trial! We feel the event was a great success and are looking forward to hosting another!  Congratulations to all participants

Shelly (Quinte Canine Rally O Trainer) & Gem - Working Rookie 6(x2) 7, 9, Advanced B - third place, Advanced B - third place with a perfect score 200/200
Laurie (Quinte Canine Trainer) & Trilly - Working Rookie 3(x2), 5(x2), 6(x2), 8, 9(x2), Advanced C,

Joan & Rosie - Advanced C, Excellent C - third place, Excellent C - Also attended the Pembroke trial and got an Advanced C
Laurie (Quinte Canine Trainer) & Ben - Advanced C, Excellent C
Fran & Odin - Novice B
Tricia & Baxter - Advanced C, Advanced C
Rose & Matilda - Novice B - second place, Novice B,
Mike & Gizmo - Novice B - first place, Novice B - third place
Cheryl & China - Novice B - third place, Novice B
Marlie & Jaime - Novice B, Novice B
Kate & Harley - CRN (CARO Rally Novice title) - Working Rookie 1, 7, Novice B, Advanced B
Andrea & Jimmy CRA (CARO Rally Advanced title) - Working Rookie 1 (x2), 2, Advanced A - first place
Student Brags in June
Puppy Class - Kail, Marvel, Katie, Bentley, Suki & Matilda
Basic Obedience - Obi, Ice, Chloe & Iggy
Puppy Class - Tucker, Kingston, Zoey, Havoc, Poppy & Turks
Puppy - Spirit, Mocha, Oscar, Loki & Emma
Basic Scent Detection Level 1 - Nico, Draco, Pallidin, Rosie, Stella & Tetley
Basic Obedience - Ponco, Jelly Bean, Harley, Bailey & Saint
Puppy - Mara, Sam, Gerry, Heidi, Maggie & Bear
Rally O Novice- China, Gizmo, Una, Duke & Odin
Rally O Versatility- Bailey, Trilly, Harley & Ben
Rally O Excellent - Rosie, Baxter, Silas & Trigger
Rally O Advanced - Jimmy, Marlie, Tilly & Jazz
Teen Basics - Heaney, Cooper, Riley & Alakay
Basic Scent Detection Level 1 - Molly, Luna, Flash, Gordie, Teddy & Alexia
Puppy - Scout, Syra, Archie, Charlie, Geordie & George
Teen Basics - Murphy, Ryder, Ripley, Finnegan & Logan
Basic Obedience - Lilly, Nala, Lilly, Poppy & Wally
Puppy Class - Ruby, Nova, Gus & Ivy
Why aren't Corgi jokes very funny?
They're too short!
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